Taylor stays loyal to Toon
Steven Taylor says he is staying put at Newcastle if the unthinkable happens and they go down.
Last Updated: 24/05/09 11:49am
Newcastle defender Steven Taylor is staying loyal to the Magpies if the unthinkable happens and they go down.
The Magpies go into Survival Sunday knowing they need to better Hull's result to guarantee top-flight safety.
While Taylor believes his home-town club can survive, he has already pledged his loyalty should the Magpies get relegated.
His attitude is in stark contrast to defensive partner Sebastien Bassong who says he will leave St James' Park if Newcastle go down.
Speaking ahead of Sunday's crunch clash with Aston Villa, which is being shown live on Sky Sports 1 and HD1 at 4pm, Taylor told The People: "I keep hearing about players leaving St James' Park should we go down and my name has been bandied about.
"But I am going nowhere.
"I am a Geordie and Newcastle United is my team and I am staying put whatever happens.
"But I am confident we will stay up.
"I really am. Newcastle United is a big club and we have big players. And big players are what will be needed at Villa Park.
"We intend to go out with the same attitude we had against Middlesbrough, which should stand us in good stead."
The Newcastle defender will see plenty of familiar faces among Sunday's opposition as James Milner, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Curtis Davies, Craig Gardner, Nigel Reo-Coker and Ashley Young have all played alongside Taylor in the England Under-21 side.
However Taylor knows this will not help.
"I know that none of them will be looking to do me any favours," said the defender, who also hit back at those who think relegation will affect his chances of playing for England at senior level.
The youngster, who will lead the England Under-21 team in the European Championships next month, said: "Everyone of us going to Sweden want to play at senior level and people keep telling me it won't do my chances any good if I am playing Championship football.
"But I am not listening to them. First of all I don't think it will happen.
"And, in any case, when Michael Carrick was relegated with West Ham it did not do his international prospects any harm as he was still picked for England."